by Leonard Saxe As Jewish traditions go, conducting a decennial National Jewish Population Study under the auspices of the federation movement has a very short history, and it was broken when the Jewish Federations of North America decided not to support a 2010 study. For researchers, the absence of support for a study reflects the weakened state of the national Jewish polity and a lack of commitment to using systematic data. For leaders of … [Read more...] about Who Are American Jews?
Seth Chalmer responds to Robert Evans and Avrum Lapin's recent post Too Many Jewish Institutions. As a community, we have funneled untold billions of dollars and other human capital into constructing Jewish institutions - museums, hospitals, social service agencies, arts and cultural entities - that in too many cases would be more suitable as smaller components of larger facilities rather than as “stand alone” entities... ... It is not our … [Read more...] about I’ll Put Down My Institution if You Put Down Yours
by Rabbi Jason A. Miller I still remember the time in 1st grade when my father brought our Apple II Plus into the classroom in an effort to show my classmates the wonders of Turtle Graphics. It was 1982 and each little 1st grader waited in line to get a chance to touch the odd looking keyboard and try to make the little turtle move. My father beamed with pride as he watched each child get their three-minute opportunity to try to program the … [Read more...] about Technology in Jewish Schools
by Don Abramson Larry Moses aptly describes the biblical commandment to do justice, tzedek. His essay also examines the rabbinic interpretation that tzedakah be directed to those who cannot meet their basic human needs, within the context of a model of concentric circles of giving. In response to Moses’ suggestion, I will explore the model of concentric circles as a way of creating a workable tzedakah standard. While there are a wide range … [Read more...] about Creating a Tzedakah Standard
by Robert I. Evans and Avrum D. Lapin In these times of continued economic uncertainty, we must fully acknowledge all of the elephants in all of the rooms and yes ... there is a big elephant in the Jewish household. Prompted, in part, by some active Internet conversations over the previous weeks, we call attention to this and seek responses from institutional leaders as well as donors. The “edifice complex” has long had its place within the … [Read more...] about Too Many Jewish Institutions